Book Review | Slip of the Knife by Denise Mina

Title: Slip of the Knife: A Novel
Author: Denise Mina
Publish Date: 3/8/2010
Price: $13.99/$0.00
ISBN: 9780316015608
Pages: 384

About the Book:

Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder–as a reporter she lives at crime scenes–but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help–she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes. Drawn into a maze of secrets and lies, Paddy begins making connections to Terry’s murder that no one else has seen, and soon finds herself trapped in the most important–and dangerous–story of her career.

My Review:

This is a brilliantly written novel. I had a hard time getting into it at first because I am not familiar with the culture in Scotland; I was confused by the the culture differences. But I started connecting with the characters and got sucked into the plot line. Paddy is a complex woman who you grow to respect; she has a softer side that her journalist friends don’t see on the job. This is the third novel in the Paddy Meehan series. I have never read the other books in the series so it is possible for this to be a stand alone novel. All the characters are well thought out. Mina does a great job portraying very real well rounded characters with colorful personalities and complex feelings. The ending caught me by surprise but I loved it!

About the author:

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow where she resides today with her family. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels Garnethill, Exile, Resolution, Deception, Field of Blood, The Dead Hour, and Still Midnight.

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Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was involved. All the thoughts and opinions are all my own.


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